Pronouncing “composite” video


Composite video isn’t as clear as S-Video, or other connectors that separate the luma and chroma signals. Because it’s purely a video format, it also can’t output any audible instructions on how to pronounce it, which only exacerbates the issue.

I’ve been saying com-posit my whole life, with emphasis on the first syllable. But I hear more people saying com-pos-it, with emphasis on the second syllable. Which one is it? I don’t know.

It’s the word project all over again. I’ve always said prough-ject, but coming back to Australia, everyone says proh-ject.

These are the thoughts that keep me up at night. Well, that, and the glow from a composite video connector. That I’ve unplugged and replaced with S-Video where possible.

Restoring my 1983 Commodore VC-20

That reminds me, I got the parts to do the required mod to my Commodore VC-20 to get S-Video-like output. I’m still not confident enough in my soldering skills yet, especially on an old board I want to respect. I might need to do a bit more practice first. Some com-posite experience? Wait, that doesn’t make any sense.

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